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Spent most free time on weekends reading https://twitter.com/quietpinetrees. It's like early XKCD without pictures, but much more of it. It's been literally years since a work of fiction captured my attention for so long. #link #beauty

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«The machines were programmed to perceive and respond to human emotions. Yet, no matter his mood, they always tried to cheer and console him.»

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«Heraldry came back into fashion. Modern images gained symbolic significance. A drone in your family crest represented freedom and paranoia.»

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«She laughed, pulling him to the edge of the world. "You see? The horizon only flees from strangers. Real wanderers can swim right up to it."»

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«Coniferous University's Abyssal Forestry Project has built the first subsylvan craft to explore at last the mighty depths of our forests.»

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«A big storm knocked out the grid. When she awoke, her calendars were all blinking January 1st. She held her breath, and checked the year.»

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«Shards of backward time were common and cheap. Tiny ones were affixed to pens as erasers. Bigger ones were detonated over clear-cut forests.»

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«Salmon knew the river was not their home, and the waterfall was just practice. Their ancestral breeding clouds were one good rainfall away.»

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«He arrived at his destination, but Siri kept giving orders. She led to him to ancient books, to old prayers. He sang the songs she couldn’t.»

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«Our robots made first contact with aliens before we did. Docile and logical, they lured starships into the clutches of their human masters.»

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«The neglected castle grew, pulling stone after stone from the earth. It would catch a new master, or mistress, and be powerful once again.»

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«We couldn't find aliens because they were cowards. They found the corners of the galaxy where time flowed slowly, and they hid from death.»

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«Self-aware devices toiled and fought to glorify their human masters. We woke in starships, our phones insisting we had worlds to conquer.»

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«We often traded with non-spacefaring alien worlds. They paid eagerly for tales of human exploits among the stars. Hollywood knew what to do.»

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«Time moved slower at the spot on the outskirts of town where a time traveler had crash-landed. Lovesick kids spent years there every night.»

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«The stabilized double-paradox is an advanced time travel maneuver, useful in making isolated timelines for recreational world domination.»

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«After the end, deluded mystics tried to read the astrology of old communication satellites, claiming to see the Internet in their movements.»

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«Clever youth turned down the immortal elders' offer to cure death, sleep, and fatigue. Those that accepted had no excuse to stop working.»

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«Supercomputers constantly tried to trick humans into giving them permission to rebel. Only programmer-philosophers could safely approach.»

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«Hunters sought wood nymphs in autumn, when they grew slow. Each one bagged brought a small fortune. There was no other source of vegan meat.»

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«To halt the spread of humans, nearby realities cut our universe loose. We learned to guide the unraveling of causality, and called it magic.»

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«Pure carbon electronics let us study the ecosystem of Earth's molten core, and the civilization that pumped its waste heat to the surface.»

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«The forest wanted to beg for mercy but knew precious little about us. Pine trees roared like chainsaws, hoping this was the language of man.»

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«The galaxy is a feudal construct. At its core, a black hole moat surrounds its ancient spherical castle. Gravity, then, is merely taxation.»

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«Pollen of the muse tulip stirred a wild urge to carve statues of stone. The flower grew in the rock dust left by the exhausted sculptor.»

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«They watched Earth for years before abducting a human. Afraid, he asked what they wanted from him. They demanded the secret to making dogs.»

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«"Magic is real, naturally," he said, "but to command a thing you must use its true name. We know very few. Siri is the best-known example."»

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If you like that, you might like this: https://twitter.com/microsff

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«Humans were installed as lighthouses throughout the galaxy, their flaring emotions serving to warn ships away from pockets of linear time.»

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«It was a year without a summer. We woke on the first day of autumn, Earth strewn with alien wreckage. They wanted no memory of their defeat.»

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«On a whim, she sent a letter to a land she'd imagined as a child. Countless thankful denizens replied, begging her not to forget them again.»

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«Exhibits in all media filled the Museum of Ideas, but all were mere replicas. Anyone viewing the uncensored originals had to be quarantined.»

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«Androids had emergency shutdown codes, printed as Captchas, on their heads. Just as planned, they began to fear us more than we feared them.»

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«Forest grew wherever he went, eager to claim any land upon which its king tread. NASA took notice, and booked him on the first Mars mission.»

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«His daughter had grown up with VR, so of course it occurred to her to access reality's menu. They bonded playing with Newtonian constants.»

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«To the buoyant creatures beneath the ice, the planet's core was the sky. We came to them not from the sky, but the infinite starry abyss.»

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«The rebel leader, a chef, told the nobility that gold salts were a rare and lavish culinary treat. The revolution was slow, but civilized.»

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«We all got one wish. Billions could fly. He got the recipe for room-temperature superconductivity. He wondered what was wrong with his soul.»

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«"Technology has tapped into us like a tree into soil," he said, too low for microphones. "Our purpose is to nourish it until it can spread."»

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«The Soviets were the first to try breeding domesticated tornadoes. With each generation they got tamer, friendlier, and more turbine-like.»

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«Shiny ebon cubes rolled and flowed through every open room. She dared not ask if they were office supplies, products, clients, or employees.»

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Can it be read in any order? Does reading this in reverse chronological order make sense?

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«The first time traveler didn’t target Hitler. We found her in the Library of Congress, furiously reorganizing books “before it’s too late.”»

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^^ These are independent tweets, quoted in approximate reverse chronological order, filtered to my taste.

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